One year ago today two good friends and I launched breathelighter. We jumped in without any real idea of what we were starting and we had absolutely NO idea that there was a warm and inviting blogging community waiting for us. I couldn’t have imagined! Along the way we have met truly amazing people living in the most interesting far-away places. And I’ve met some California “neighbors” as well! You have all added so much to my imagination, my knowledge, my community–my life!
Things have changed for us over the year. One of the “3 well beings” had to drop out entirely, and some of you know Beth and her now famous Mae-be and Ruffles…but her very intense work schedule doesn’t give her as much time to blog as she would like. I thought we should change our name to something like “2 clueless women”, but WordPress doesn’t provide a means for making that change. For better or worse, the name remains.
But I think a one-year anniversary is a very good time to pick up some recently offered awards, don’t you? Kevin at Nitty Gritty Dirt Man and Meg at Meg Travels have both passed on the Sunshine Award. Meg also added in the Genuine Blogger Award. Kevin shares his passion for gardening and I enjoy following his schedule of gardening routines. Although we are on different coasts, I take a lot of cues from his gardening timetables. And Meg is passionate about travel and adventure. She writes about her travel experiences with wonderful photographic accompaniment. Both are super reading experiences!
The Sunshine Award comes with some requirements, which are:
1) Link the award to the person who gave it to you 2)Answer the questions that come with it and 3) Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it.
So here are my questions and responses:
Favorite color: blue
Favorite number: 100—the older I get, the more determined I am to hit the century mark. I did just have a birthday, but I won’t be seeing this number for a while!
Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Coffee with soymilk
Facebook or Twitter: I don’t like the Facebook changes, and I’m following several of you on Twitter…I apologize that it’s more like stalking. I’m having trouble getting the hang of it.
My Passion: My family. I enjoy lots of things, but none more than my family…my granddaughters are the reason I have my sights on “100.”
Favorite pattern: I’m a 60’s girl. Make that paisley.
Favorite Day of the Week: Friday…the day to exhale
Favorite Flower: Impossible to say for sure, but I love gardenias.
For me the best part of award season is the opportunity to highlight blogs I follow closely and enthusiastically enjoy. I have many friends who support me by reading breathelighter but haven’t taken the plunge into broadening their blog reading experience. I’m always hoping that maybe they’ll find the time to explore some of the sites I regularly read. So I’m listing some that I follow closely and this is my way of promoting them as good reads!
But first, I’m bending the wording of the rules just a little bit. Instead of formal nominations I’ve created an Honor Roll!
Some of these wonderful writers have indicated that they aren’t interested in pursuing awards–it takes too much time away from other blogging responsibilities. The Honor Roll doesn’t in any way presume further action…accepting the awards and running with them is entirely optional! I will even look the other way if you’d like to accept the award as an honorary token, bending the rules a little bit (wink! wink!). You decide what is best for you!
The Genuine Blogger Award doesn’t have any specific requirements and can be picked up at any time! So if you’re on my Honor Roll, feel free to attach both the Sunshine Award AND the Genuine Blogger Award to your blog. And if that doesn’t fit with your plans, just enjoy a moment in the spotlight!
Drum roll please….